Sen­ate re­sumes min­is­te­rial screen­ing to­day

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Ismail Mu­dashir

The Sen­ate will to­day con­tinue the screen­ing of min­is­te­rial nom­i­nees sub­mit­ted by Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari.

The Sen­a­tors had ad­journed sit­ting to to­day to en­able the Sen­ate Pres­i­dent, Bukola Saraki at­tend the Code of Con­duct Tri­bunal where he is stand­ing trial on a 13-count charge bor­der­ing on false as­set dec­la­ra­tion.

Out of the 36 min­is­te­rial nom­i­nees sub­mit­ted by Pres­i­dent Buhari, 20 have been screened and 18 have been con­firmed by the Sen­ate.

Our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that only the former Gover­nor of Rivers State, Ro­timi Amaechi has not been screened out of the nom­i­nees sub­mit­ted on Septem­ber 30.

Sec­tion 147(6) of the 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion, says “An ap­point­ment to any of the of­fice afore­said shall be deemed to have been made where no re­turn has been re­ceived from the Sen­ate within 21 work­ing days of the re­ceipt of nom­i­na­tion by the Sen­ate.”

Our cor­re­spon­dent re­ports that so far the Sen­ate have ex­hausted 15 days out of the 21 work­ing days, ex­clud­ing week­ends and In­de­pen­dence hol­i­day.

In an in­ter­view yes­ter­day, the Sen­ate Leader, Ali Ndume said they are still within the time frame stip­u­lated by the con­sti­tu­tion.

“The Con­sti­tu­tion is guid­ing us that we have to do this within 21 work­ing days. And we are still within the 21 work­ing days,” he said.

On why the Deputy Sen­ate Pres­i­dent, Ike Ek­w­ere­madu was not al­lowed to pre­side over ple­nary, he said, “This is not a nor­mal day be­cause we are screen­ing APC nom­i­nees of the Fed­eral Re­pub­lic of Nige­ria. And there are is­sues sur­round­ing it that we don’t want any other is­sue out of it again.”

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